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Cameron Crazies Trade Blue for Green

Posted January 29, 2008

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— Some basketball fans who tune in to Thursday night's N.C. State vs. Duke game might wonder if they're watching the right channel.

To symbolize Duke’s commitment to sustainable environmental practices, recycling and water conservation, the Cameron Crazies - Duke’s enthusiastic student fans – will wear green shirts emblazoned with the slogan, “BLEED BLUE, LIVE GREEN,” the university announced.

Duke will purchase carbon offsets equivalent to the electricity, steam and transportation consumed by the game, working in partnership with the renewable-energy company NativeEnergy.

The Blue Devil mascot also will have a slight costume change during the game, and half-time entertainment will include a green theme. Game patrons will be encouraged to participate in Cameron's newly expanded recycling efforts, and to consider sharing rides and saving fuel the next time they come to a game.

It’s all part of Duke’s participation in “Focus the Nation,” a student-driven effort to call more attention to global climate change and to make campuses more sustainable environmentally, economically and socially.

Thursday’s event features a “critical mass” bicycle demonstration, a fair on the Bryan Center plaza and panel discussions throughout the day. More than 1,000 colleges and universities around the country are participating in the teach-in.

“Grassroots movements have a way of starting with the students,” said Jennie Dean, 24, a first-year graduate student in environmental management and one of the coordinators of Focus the Nation at Duke. “Global change is something we’re very concerned about, and it’s our future, so we’re doing something about it. We hope Focus the Nation starts a national dialogue.”

In many college communities, including Durham, the university represents the largest consumer of power and water. With thousands of residential units, fleets of vehicles and dozens, if not hundreds, of buildings, an American campus is like a city unto itself. But unlike most cities, a university can take sweeping steps to improve its environmental behavior.

“North Carolina is in the midst of a very sobering water crisis,” said Tavey McDaniel Capps, Duke’s sustainability coordinator. “We’ve been working quietly for several years now to improve the campus’ sustainability in water and energy use and to build more sustainable new buildings because it’s the right thing to do.”

N.C. State at Duke airs Thursday at 9 in high-definition on WRAL-TV.

Following the game on WRAL News, look for LIVE post-game reaction, including the coaches' press conferences.

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  • bahville Jan 30, 2008

    "We can’t just eat plants because we can’t grow enough without using, ah gasp, fertilizers (big time carbon to produce) and dare I say pesticides, ewww not pesticides"

    It also takes pesticides to produce the grain to feed cattle, adding to the inefficiency of beef I mentioned earlier. I fail to see how my editing somehow strengthened my argument...it was simply to meet character restrictions.

  • Duke_Blue_For_Life Jan 30, 2008

    PACK
    FEAR THE DEVILS
    lol, Terps do

  • dukeblue Jan 30, 2008

    "This is a bad sign, State will win this thursday. The whole green thing will effect this game, just wait and see."

    haha...now that's funny. i heard state might be wearing red...do you think that might have an effect on Duke's play too?

  • Duke_Blue_For_Life Jan 30, 2008

    dukeblue, Wow, I never knew that. TY
    BLEED BLUE LIVE GREEN
    GO DUKE

  • TheWB Jan 29, 2008

    We can’t just eat plants because we can’t grow enough without using, ah gasp, fertilizers (big time carbon to produce) and dare I say pesticides, ewww not pesticides! Eggs? Chickens poot too. I like your creative editing by the way. No I’m not partisan, I referred to Al Gore and his band of merry un-realists because he has proclaimed himself as the all mighty Pope of the Church of Enviro Extremists. Look, I don’t litter, I don’t waste energy, I would love to have a car I could drive for pennies a day, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if a magic ferry were to come down and give us an energy resource that was 100% clean, 100% renewable, but I’m also a realist who recognizes the fact that the Earth may be warming, however, it is not by man’s hand.

  • Sue Donym Jan 29, 2008

    I'm going to that game. Crazies in green?? Can't wait to see this.

  • bahville Jan 29, 2008

    also, the "partisan" thing was a small slip

    I was referring to your apparent tendency to lump anybody with an environmental view different from yours into the "crazy Al Gore" category...it doesn't do much for your argument and seems to indicate that you aren't willing to weigh the ideas of the other side, instead just casting them all into the "Al Gore" bin.

  • bahville Jan 29, 2008

    "In other words, cows...a stable food source, harm the environment and should be eliminated."

    What, exactly, do you define as a "stable food source"? I eat meat, and love beef, but have no doubt that it is a very inefficient source of protein.

    "And, in other, other words, believing in and paying for this myth is more important than the human race?"

    WHAT? Who said that?

    "What then would we eat Solient Green (each other)?"

    I don't know...plants perhaps? Eggs?

    "Would that make Al Gore and his disciples of junk science happy?"

    Now I see why you're being unreasonable...this is a partisan thing for you. Got it.

    "the amount of methane from all domesticated animals is insignificant to the dispersal ability of our planets biosphere as is our car exhausts...thus the point."

    Is this why atmospheric concentrations of CO2 are steadily increasing? Because the system is handling it so well? What point? Can you back this up, or should I file it under "junk science"?

  • TheWB Jan 29, 2008

    "You do realize that the domesticated cow is a product of human breeding, right? Cows are here in such large numbers for the sole reason that we like to eat their, and drink their . So it's not much of a stretch to file bovine methane emissions under "human caused".

    In other words, cows (as in my example) (don’t forget elephants, caribou, giraffes, and moose poot too) a stable food source, harm the environment and should be eliminated. And, in other, other words, believing in and paying for this myth is more important than the human race? What then would we eat Solient Green (each other)? Would that make Al Gore and his disciples of junk science happy? Besides, the amount of methane from all domesticated animals is insignificant to the dispersal ability of our planets biosphere as is our car exhausts, our power plant emissions and thus the point.

  • bahville Jan 29, 2008

    must've hit the character limit

    GO PACK

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